Google, the internet search giant launched a new consumer service that lets users to store videos, photos and digital files. Google Drive is the cloud storage service launched a couple of weeks back. This could allow the US law enforcement agencies to access the data you have stored without your knowledge. They also don't require any warrant to do this.
David Asprey, the inventor of the first cloud storage service, TrendMicro cloud evangelist says that when the users accept for the terms and conditions of use of Google Drive, they are unknowingly destroying their expectations of privacy. This is because, the users are licensing the data to a third party service.
You are giving the complete rights to Google to do anything with your data. One of the right is to give away all your information to the law enforcement without a writ. Simply by signing into the Google Drive, you are giving the firm a global license to use, store, host, modify, reproduce and create derivative works and also to publicly publish, perform and distribute the content, he added.
This is an extension to the Patriot Act that was passed in September 2001. It gives the US Government the permission to look at the documents of people without their permission or knowledge. Meanwhile, Google has claimed that it will follow the laws and legal processes of US.
It says that there is a track record for the user privacy but it is not limited to the US Dept of Justice. It adds that it tries its best to notify the subject in any such requests to give them the opportunity to object.